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Funding success in 2014

2014: €16.2 million for Irish health research in H2020's first year

Irish health researchers have secured 2.75% of the available health budget. A total of 23 projects including four R&I coordinators and five SME Instrument coordinators have been funded.

The four coordinators for R&I grants were:

  • Professor Tim O’Brien, REMEDI, NUI Galway with a project on a clinical trial in the area of diabetic complications. (€2 million)
  • Professor Frank Barry, REMEDI, NUI Galway with a clinical trial using adult stem cells to treat knee osteoarthritis. (€1.7 million)
  • Dr Dympna Casey, School of Nursing & Midwifery, NUI Galway, her project deals with managing active and healthy ageing with the use of caring service robotics. (€687,500)
  • Dr Kieran Moran, School of Health & Human Performance, Dublin City University, whose project targets personalised health care for cardiac rehabilitation, through technology enabled Connected Health. (€1.3 million)

Irish SMEs performed well in the new SME Instrument topic on the validation of biomarkers. Five SMEs won €5.3 million between them, with Irish coordinators in Phase1 and Phase 2:

Phase 1:

  • BlueBridge Technologies, A device that will dramatically improve the protection of babies during birth. It will monitor the child continuously with better acuity, resulting in better clinical outcomes at a lower cost. (€50k)
  • Vitalograph, An integrated automated ECG diagnostics platform to improve cardiac safety in clinical drug trials (€50k)
  • Inform Bio, PreEclampsia diagnosis by Early Kidney Injury Detection (€50k)

Phase 2

  • Radisens Diagnostics Ltd, Moving to Efficient Diabetes care: Multimode integrated CO-morbidity diagnostics platform (€4.5m)
  • Biosensia, Advanced Validation of A Novel TB Active disease diagnostic to address Global unmet needs: a European consortium approach (€0.6m) (joint coordinator)

A list of all 23 successful projects is available to download below.

There has been a large increase in the number of applications from Irish coordinators. There were 56 Irish coordinator applicants during 2014.  By comparison, in FP7 the highest number of Irish coordinator applications in any one year was 14. This was in 2012. There were 69 Irish coordinator applicants during the entire seven-year lifetime of FP7.

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